The spinners got help, which the hosts took advantage of very well.
While Punjab Kings have been in excellent form, they have started the season in a bang with back-to-back wins against Kolkata Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals. Shikha Dhawan has led her troops well and the return of Kagiso Rabada will boost her team’s confidence for the Hyderabad encounter.
Arshdeep Singh has been in tremendous form with the ball for Punjab while they have put in a collective performance with the bat as Shikhar Dhawan, Prabhsimran Singh and Bhanuka Rajapaksa have already scored half-centuries for the franchise. Meanwhile, Sikandar Raza is expected to sit out for Rabada for Sunday’s clash against Hyderabad. Among the overseas recruits, Nathan Ellis was sensational against RR in the last match but pace bowling all-rounder Sam Curran – the costliest buy in IPL history till now for Rs 18.50 crore – has leaked plenty of runs so far.
After back-to-back defeats in the first two matches, the Orange could also make some changes in the squad for this crucial clash.
At the top-order, SRH tried wicket-keeper Anmolpreet Singh as opener instead of Abhishek Sharma in their last match and he looks promising, but Mayank Agarwal and Rahul Tripathi have been inconsistent.
In fact, it took two cameos from Abdul Samad to take SRH to a decent total in two matches. With big-hitting Heinrich Klaasen waiting in the wings, it remains to be seen what combination they use to propel the batting.